"Studying Politics" as written by and Joshua Allen Cain Justin Courtney Pierre....
It's like a pencil with erasers at both ends
I want it all but we're dealing in percents
And these activities that you have engaged in
This is the politics of seeing you dance with him
We begin with concluding remarks
Break up the pieces and examine the parts
Your words always cut when they are cliche
So here's my knife because I came for the buffet

This is the way it goes with you apart of it
Nervously saying words that oh-so-tightly fit
A mark beneath the chin
I've caught you once again
It's in the way you sell every word and phrase
And leaving me to know how much the meaning weighs
Saying that but meaning this
Using hands for emphasis

You'd like to think that you're the best part of me
But I confess there is nothing left of you here
These parallels and silly games hide yoru face and say the name
There's that smile again, you fake it and I follow you right in
What a fool I've been, to fall for it every time

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"Studying Politics" as written by Dave Powell Devin Shelton


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    General CommentMy guess is that this song is about a girl cheating on him, repeatedly, and him finally standing up. Allow me to explain.

    "A mark beneath your the, I've caught you once again"--A mark beneath the chin is most likely a hickey. I've caught you once again is obvious. This isn't the first time it's happened.

    "there's that smile again (there's that smile again), you fake it and I follow you right in"--she pretends it's all okay and that she's sorry and tries to make nice. This ties in nicely with the theory of her cheating multiple times, he believes in second chances.

    Now for the part where he stands up to her and puts his foot down.

    'Your words always cut when they're cliché
    But here’s my knife because I came for the buffet"--Words cut, knives cut. Here's my knife (this is what I say).
    This is where it may get a little tricky. I came for the buffet. First off, buffets can be (and for this example are) all you can eat (long time). To me this says : I'm sick of it, your words have hurt. Now it's my turn to talk (that was the knives). This isn't going to be a short talk, there's a lot to be said, I'm ending it now (the buffet).
    matthiasnotjudason August 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think that matthiasnotjudas is correct, it is definitely about a girl cheating on him. I love this song because it just gets right to the point. It is strong worded, and not easily digestable.

    I am not sure what the ending tag means, "Your black dress and your eyes are telling white white lies". Awesome tag, though.
    andymacon September 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwe began with concluding remarks
    -something along the lines of "it's over"

    pick up the pieces and examine the parts
    -it's obviously a broken relationship, he's trying to figure out how to put it back together...
    pogwayon February 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSimply amazing. Look at the writing. Can you feel the rhythmin the song through his vocals? Wow. This album is a giant step forward for the guys. What do you think it means?
    dnask8on July 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"(Ahhhh)
    There’s that smile again (there’s that smile again)
    You fake it and I follow you right in
    What a fool again
    To fall for it each time"

    By the way, he says "what a fool again" not "what a fall again"
    dnask8on July 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"A mark beneath the chin (Uh Uh)
    And I’ve caught you once again"

    I'm not sure about this, but does a mark beneath the chin, mean he could be cutting her throat every time he catches her cheat because he can't stand it?

    But yeah, this is about a guy and his girlfriend keeps cheating on him, and he keeps putting up with it until now. And he used to fall for it because all she did was tell lies. I like it lots.
    nazzy06on July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt’s in the way you sell every word and phrase
    And leaving me to know how much the meaning weighs

    so many times people just lead you on and lie and say things that get your hopes up, but you can never quite figure them out
    britt_erinon October 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personaly love this song! I love Emery,too. My good friend who introduced me to them said that this song was about satan. i don't know, but i still love this song
    punkih_d_gothy_poson February 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis 'outro' a word?
    megwanon March 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBlack Dress? White means purity. Well, my pastor told my friend she couldn't get married in a white dress, it had to be black, because she was already living with the guy ect... White Eyes? Well they're the lies that seem to be unhurtful, but lies will be lies....if this song is about the girl cheating on the guy....then yeah...sometimes we still give into temptation, he got married with her, but he still sees those "white white lies..."
    ncastroon March 23, 2006   Link

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